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TTC history hits the rails each Sunday this summer

PCC streetcar 5/20/16 6:00 AM

As we continue our work to modernize the TTC, it is important to celebrate the heritage of one of North America’s oldest and best-known transit systems.

The TTC has been careful to preserve many artefacts from its past, including examples of many vehicle types that have graced Toronto’s streets over the years.  Some of these vehicles can be found in various locations around Ontario, but we have retained a number of old streetcars, each lovingly maintained by our expert employees, that we bring out for Torontonians and visitors to enjoy on public holidays and in the summer months.

Starting this Sunday (May 22), and every Sunday until Labour Day weekend, TTC customers can step back in time on the vintage PCC streetcar (one of an original fleet of 745 so-called streamliners), which makes its return to the 509 Harbourfront streetcar route. The classic burgundy-and-cream-coloured streetcar can be boarded from about 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Sundays only. PCC rides are free of charge.

The PCC car will travel from Union Station to the Fleet Loop, providing a scenic view along Queens Quay West. It makes stops nearby many tourist destinations on Toronto’s waterfront, such as the Ferry Docks, Toronto Music Garden, HTO Park, York Quay Centre, Stage in the Round, The Power Plant and numerous other attractions.

One day, I would love to see a dedicated transit museum here in Toronto. Until then, take a trip down memory lane on our PCC, a genuine piece of Toronto history.

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